If you haven’t seen the latest Realtor.com commercial, it follows a young woman looking for a new home. While in yoga class, her phone beeps, notifying her of a brand new listing. Right away she previews the home, buys it, and throws a housewarming dinner.
This commercial is an excellent illustration of how technology has trickled into the real estate market. No longer are the days that an agent whips out a binder of properties to show her clients – we now have the MLS! Information is the same, but homes can now be accessed electronically via multiple listing service sites.
Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and similar sites have even expanded the MLS to reach consumers first-hand. Families can find their dream home before contacting a real estate agent.
What technology enables us to do:
- Search for homes online
- Narrow results based on specific locations and home features
- Sign up for property email notifications
- Electronically sign real estate documents
- Pull tax records
- Research neighborhoods/cities
- Find local schools
Despite all the advantages, not all online information is accurate. Working with a Realtor will ensure your best interests stay top priority. Real estate agents are also excellent negotiators and great at finding new or overlooked listings. Contact me today – I’d love to interview with you!
Hampton Roads Real-e-statement is written by Alyssa Godwin, a Realtor with Liz Moore and Associates. For questions regarding buying or selling contact Alyssa at 757-329-6161 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find Alyssa on Facebook or on the web at www.lizmoore.com/alyssagodwin.